Free Sample Projects For The Polyend Tracker

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Polyend has shared a collection of sample projects for their Tracker music workstation.

The Tracker AE Projects Download features projects originally created for the company’s Tracker Artist Edition units.

The include:

  • 4 ‘Sublime and dreamy’ Bogdan Raczynski tracks.
  • 26 Legowelt acid club interceptors.
  • 4 ‘Raving jungle dancefloor killers’ by Pete Cannon.

Now any Tracker user can download the projects and listen to them, remix them or dissect them for inspiration.

See the Polyend site for details.

Polyphony In Eurorack Modular Synthesis

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Polyphony in modular synthesis used to mean multitracking multiple independent monophonic synth lines. Musicians like Wendy Carlos used modulars to create individual synthesized voices, which were layered to create polyphonic textures.

But in recent years, new modules and the increasing affordability of modules have made it possible to easily create chords within your system, bringing new performance and compositional options to modular synthesists.

In the latest Perfect Circuit video, ‘Patch Pals’ Wes and Jacob take a look at module options like the Supercritical Synthesizers Demon Core oscillator, which gives you 16 MIDI-controllable voices and the 4ms Ensemble Oscillator, which lets you create chords. They also talk about effects modules that allow you to create polyphonic textures, like loopers and delays.

While the demos are all done with a Eurorack system, many of the ideas can be applied equally to Moog format systems.

Youth Music launches NextGen grant fund for young creatives

UK charity Youth Music has launched the NextGen Fund, offering financial support to young creatives at the start of their music careers. 

Butterz head honcho, Elijah, is spearheading the initiative, which aims to help tomorrow’s industry innovators realise their dreams and ideas. 

Applicants must be aged between 18 and 25, or 30 for those who identify as disabled. Grants of up to £2,500 are available, with 40 projects to be chosen per round of funding. There will be a total of three rounds per year. 

Artists, producers, songwriters, DJs, A&Rs and more are all eligible, and organisers encourage people to apply who do not fall into traditional job categories, alongside those who want to look outside standard career paths. Prospective candidates with no experience approaching organisations for funding are also a high priority.

Youth Music has made a video to help guide creatives through the process — embedded at the bottom of this story. A series of online workshops are also available; How to get paid: An introduction to PRS for music (15th June); Hooversound Recordings: Starting a record label during a pandemic (22nd June); and Becoming self-sufficient as a creative with Andy Musgrave (29th June). Advanced registration is required for those who want to attend. 

NextGen grants are only available in England, Wales and Scotland, with hopes of extending to Northern Ireland for the second round. According to Youth Music, the initiative is in response to its own commissioned research, which revealed 79% of young people aspiring to work in music are more interested in pursuing their own projects as oppose to established routes into the sector. This can include: 

*Creative music projects — single, EP, or contribution to an album campaign 
*Music based businesses — for example, launching a label or new music platform
*Projects supporting underrepresented voices and perspectives 

Successful bidders will have 12 months to show the results of their funding.

Applications close on 9th July, with full details on the Youth Music website.

It’s the latest project designed to help emerging talent get a foothold in a notoriously competitive and complex industry. Earlier this year No Signal launched its academy programme for young Black artists, while a new incubator system was set up by Youth Music in January, and in 2020 the organisation opened a £2 million fund to improve diversity in the music business. 

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Old but gold: dig through ‘slept-on’ music from Nurko, Trivecta, Thys, and more, thanks to Madeon

Old but gold: dig through ‘slept-on’ music from Nurko, Trivecta, Thys, and more, thanks to MadeonMadeon

“‘No Fear No More Remix’ with EARTHGANG is kinda underrated, total summer jam tbh,” Madeon mused in a June 8 tweet that, not long thereafter, would catalyze a call to action: “NORMALIZE PROMOTING OLD MUSIC.” Shortly thereafter, the Good Faith album maker invited artists to quote tweet him sharing “something [they] made that people slept on.”

Evidently, it was a movement that many musicians could get behind, what with Dancing Astronaut Artist to Watch in 2021 Nurko, Trivecta, Thys, IMANU, Last Heroes, KLAXX, Pauline Herr, Xavi, and more each plucking an original from their respective catalogs for secondary exposure. After digging through the wave of quote tweets that Madeon elicited, Dancing Astronaut has collated a slew of the “slept-on” songs, handpicked by the minds behind them. Find a potential new favorite below.

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Tomorrowland organisers feeling “very positive” as Belgium gives green light to 75,000 capacity festivals

Tomorrowland’s organisers are feeling “very positive” about the their 2021 real world events following the Belgian government’s announcement that large scale, outdoor festivals can restart from 13th August, for crowds of up to 75,000. 

As per reports in the country’s media, including news site HLN, the decision comes with several caveats to keep attendees and staff safe. These include mandatory presentation of a COVID-19 ‘safety ticket” proving vaccination status, or a negative coronavirus PCR test result. 

Currently Tomorrowland is set for two late-summer weekends, 27th – 29th August and 3rd – 5th September. While these now look hopeful, the team confirmed to Billboard that new rules, and what they mean for the event, were still being understood. 

“We are very happy to receive this news, but we will wait for the conditions and rules before we will communicate about the organization of the festival,” a Tomorrowland spokesperson told Billboard. “We are very positive, and we look forward to organizing a festival [at the] end of August.”

In May the Belgian government proposed a date of 1st September for a full reopening of the country and society, although it did not confirm what this looks like for event capacities. At the time of writing, only gatherings for a maximum of 400 people outside, or 200 inside, are being authorised to run by health officials.

Tomorrowland welcomes around 400,000 attendees over both weekends, equated to some 70,000 per day. Its 2020 instalments were cancelled due to the pandemic, and 2021’s edition has already been moved to later in the year to try and avoid another postponement. If it goes ahead, it will be the first large scale dance festival to be held since the virus hit Europe and the US last spring. Tomorrowland’s digital offering, Tomorrowland: Around the World, will run on 16th and 17th July 2021, and the event just unveiled its third annual Top 1000 tracks list, decided by global vote. 

Eprom etches 2021 return with ‘Dangerous Sound’

Eprom etches 2021 return with ‘Dangerous Sound’Eprom Insta

Hot on the heels of the release of his first sample pack, Emotion Generator, bass dignitary Eprom is pouring his ever-evolving talent into “Dangerous Sound,” issued via 1985 Music. Sitting pretty in poll position, already charting No. 1 on Beatport’s Top 10, “Dangerous Sound” encompasses Eprom’s experimental glitchiness, drowning listeners in top-tier production and sound design.

His first official release of 2021, “Dangerous Sound” kicks off slowly, incorporating the ambiance of a large crowd before completely demolishing fans with the bass connoisseur’s brain-liquefying sonics. Pulling out all the stops, “Dangerous Sound” configures each synth, kick, and sample into a dystopian paradise experimental bass fans can only dream of. Stream below.

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NYC charts Central Park mega concert in celebration of city’s reopening

NYC charts Central Park mega concert in celebration of city’s reopeningNyc Central Park Credit Dia Dipasupil Getty

Clubs are reopening. Festival lineups are dropping. Nature is healing.

As cities across the US continue loosening COVID-19 restrictions, public attention is fixed on nightlife hotspots in anticipation of what industry insiders believe could be an unprecedented boom in the arts and entertainment spaces. In short, all eyes are on New York, and the city is planning a one-time mega-concert event to celebrate the collective’s Great Reunion.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has tasked 89-year-old music industry deity and Brooklyn-native, Clive Davis, with producing a large-scale, multi-booking performance that’s currently dubbed “The Official NYC Homecoming Concert in Central Park,” tentatively set for August 21. Reflecting the city’s resilient bounce back from a dormant stasis in 2020, Davis is set to be gathering the pieces for a three-hour blockbuster event for 60,000 attendees and a worldwide television audience, including performances from reportedly close to ten “iconic stars.”

While a lineup has yet to be confirmed, let Davis’ Rolodex speak for itself. Over his storied production career that spans more than five decades, Davis has built an untouchable legacy working with the likes of Aerosmith, Santana, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, and more. Furthermore, a broadcast partner has yet to be named, though, recovering events giant Live Nation—that’s also expecting a superlative summer of shows across the US—is reportedly set to produce the Central Park mega-concert.

The culmination of the city’s “Homecoming Week,” the concert is set to take place on Central Park’s Great Lawn, an NYC landmark for some of New York’s most notable outdoor concerts over the years. As millions of vaccines continue to be distributed across the US, there’s hope that the summer of 2021 may be one of our most memorable summers in recent history.

Via: New York Times

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Space Afrika announce new album, ‘Honest Labour’, on DAIS

Space Afrika have unveiled details of their highly-anticipated new album, ‘Honest Labour’, which will drop via DAIS on 27th August 2021. 

The production duo, real names Josh Reid and Josh Inyang, featured in our list of artists to watch in 2019, having already risen to prominence in the fertile Manchester electronic scene, where they have garnered a reputation for genre-splicing productions. ‘Yuly’, which we premiered at the time of its release, is just one example.

This latest offering is their first since last year’s full-length mixtape, ‘hybtwibt?’, and promises another musical evolution, incorporating classical strings, shoegaze guitars, ambient, slo-mo cosmic and vocal cameos into their atmospheric sound across 19 tracks. The album title is inspired by one of Inyang’s family members in Nigeria, nicknamed ‘Honest Labour’ for his loyalty and resiliance. 

Produced remotely due to Reid’s relocation to Berlin, the pair say the project is a chance to “show what we’re capable of”, explaining “ultimately this is an homage to U.K. energy, and an album about love and loss” packed with tracks “that leave an impression, and help the listener deal with their life.” 

The first single to be unveiled, ‘B£E’, features the expert lyricism of MC Blackhaine, with the video filmed in and around Manchester — locals and regular visitors should be able to spot one or two iconic locations in the city with particularly strong connections to nightlife and dance culture. 

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KSHMR shares new ‘Harmonica Andromeda Deluxe’ cut with TZAR

KSHMR shares new ‘Harmonica Andromeda Deluxe’ cut with TZARKshmr Credit Nick Marfing

Following up on his anticipated 2021 album, KSHMR will be dropping “Harmonica Andromeda Deluxe’ this Friday, June 11. The new release will feature five new singles, including the now-available “You Don’t Need To Ask” with vocalist TZAR. The new track is based around a slowed future house groove with a multitude of string samples underneath TZAR’s sultry performance, perfectly encapsulating KSHMR’s trademark sound.

“You Don’t Need To Ask” continues KSHMR’s relentless hot streak in 2021, most recently scored by his collaboration with Armaan Malik, and Eric Nam in support of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Of course, the highlight of KSHMR’s year has been his sophomore album Harmonica Andromeda, which he infamously called the “most ambitious, maybe even one of the best electronic albums of all time…” Read more about the record and stream an exclusive KSHMR mix for Dancing Astronaut in his Saturday Night Session interview.

KSHMR shares new ‘Harmonica Andromeda Deluxe’ cut with TZARKshmr Delue

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Tommy Trash and Yolanda Be Cool team up for nostalgic dancefloor hitter, ‘Emergency’

Tommy Trash and Yolanda Be Cool team up for nostalgic dancefloor hitter, ‘Emergency’Tommy Trash

Following his hau5trap premiere, “hiiigh,” venerated producers Tommy Trash and Yolanda Be Cool link up for a funky house excursion, “Emergency” via Yolanda Be Cool’s longtime home label, Sweat It Out Music.

Calling listeners to get their “body on the dancefloor,” the three Aussies’ new joint output holds an air of timelessness, harkening back to dance music’s warehouse era on “Emergency.” Embodied by alluring vocals, crisp basslines, and evocative snares, the track is clearly dedicated to raising heart rates and lifting spirits. Trash and Yolanda Be Cool spent their time in quarantine creatively, curating new music for fans to come back to now that COVID-19 restrictions have slowly begun to wane.

Powering through 2020 with collaborations alongside Peking Duk and deadmau5, it’s clear that Tommy Trash is back with his expert production hand just in time for fans to get back to tearing up dancefloors. Stream “Emergency” below.

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